INAUGURAL LECTURE
“Leonardo da Vinci and his Unfinished Work”,
Carmen C. Bambach

Thursday, September 5, 2019
6:30 – 7:30 pm, Minneapolis Institute of Art

The most famous genius of the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci was notorious for leaving projects unfinished, especially paintings. This reputation has persisted into our time. The talk will explore Leonardo’s non finito (the “unfinished”) within the larger context of his thought and work.

Carmen C. Bambach, PhD, is curator of drawings and prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is the curator of blockbuster exhibitions on Leonardo and Michelangelo. Her four-volume book, Leonardo da Vinci Rediscovered, was published this summer by Yale University Press.

Co-presented by Italian Cultural Center in Minneapolis St. Paul, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Prints & Drawings Affinity Group, and the University of Minnesota's Department of Art History, and Program in the History of Medicine.

This event is free for UMN faculty and students. 

IMPORTANT: Book your seat asap sending an email to: printstudy@artsmia.org or call 612 870 3113 by 9/4/2019
Need first & last name, school student/faculty is registered at & email.

When auditorium is filled, people will be encouraged to go to overflow in Wells Fargo which is free as well

 

This event is part of

LEONARDO 500

a series of events

presented by The Italian Cultural Center in Minneapolis/St. Paul
celebrating the genius of Leonardo da Vinci
on the 500th anniversary of his death. 

In collaboration with

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, University of Minnesota' s Department of Art History, Institute for Astrophysics, Program in History of Medicine and the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine

Curated by

Dr. Francesca Bortoletti -- University of Minnesota

Program

INAUGURAL LECTURE
“Leonardo da Vinci and his Unfinished Work”, Carmen C. Bambach
Thursday, September 5, 2019
6:30 – 7:30 pm, Minneapolis Institute of Art

The most famous genius of the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci was notorious for leaving projects unfinished, especially paintings. This reputation has persisted into our time. The talk will explore Leonardo’s non finito (the “unfinished”) within the larger context of his thought and work. 
Carmen C. Bambach is curator of drawings and prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her four-volume book, Leonardo da Vinci Rediscovered, was published this summer by Yale University Press.
Co-presented by Italian Cultural Center in Minneapolis St. Paul, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the University of Minnesota's Department of Art History, and Program in the History of Medicine
This event is free for UMN faculty and students and open to the public

“The end of the Dark Ages”, Claudia Scarlata
Thursday, October 3, 2019

6:30 – 8:00 pm, The University of Minnesota | MN Institute for Astrophysics 

Leonardo created artworks that showed knowledge of aerodynamics, optics, physics, astronomy, and mechanical drawings for futuristic technology, including the first premodern telescope. 500 years later the NASA is launching the new James Webb Space telescope, which will be a huge leap forward for space telescopes. 
Claudia Scarlata - Associate Professor, Institute for Astrophysics, UMN - will introduce the upcoming observatory peering toward the end of the Cosmic Dark Ages.
Co-presented with the Institute for Astrophysics, University of Minnesota
This event is free and open to the public

LEONARDO DA VINCI AT 500
The Theater of the Human Body
Exhibit curated by Francesca Bortoletti in collaboration with Lois G. Hendrickson and Emily Beck
October 21-25, 2019
9:30 am – 4:00 pm, The Wangensteen Historical Library

This one-week exhibit commemorates the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), and draws upon the Wangensteen Historical Library’s strong holdings in the history of anatomy and its interplay with art, theater, and sciences.  On October 22, from 10:30am to 12:30am visitors of the exhibit will have the opportunity to attend a live demonstration of master painter Mark Balma who will replicate and paint Leonardo’s drawing “Matilda”.
This event is free and open to the public

“Exploring Leonardo da Vinci’s Painting Techniques”
Live demonstration with master painter Mark Balma
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
10:30 - 12:30am Wangensteen Historical library, UMN

Thursday, October 24, 2019 
6:30 – 8:30 pm, A-Mill Artist Lofts

 
Watch Mark Balma as he replicates and paints Leonardo’s drawing “Matilda” during this 2-hour live demonstration. Balma, one of the few experts of Leonardo’s historical painting techniques will immerse you in the Italian master’s world from using a grinding stone to prepare his palette to showing how colors develop on the empty canvas. Mark Balma is a master painter of considerable distinction an international reputation. His studio works reflect a diversity of images, including spiritual and classical themes, social commentaries, landscapes and still lives.

“Leonardo’s Paradise: A Masterpiece of Theatre, Science, and Wonder at Sforza’s Court”, Francesca Bortoletti
with the participation of the musicians Julie Elhard (viola de gamba) and Paul Berget (lute)
Thursday, November 14, 2019
6:30 – 8:00 pm, A-Mill Artist Lofts



On January 13th 1490, Leonardo was commissioned by the duke Ludovico Sforza to organize in Milan a majestic spectacle, called ‘Festa del Paradiso’, for the wedding of Gian Galeazzo Sforza with Isabella d’Aragona. In the ‘Sala Verde’ of the Ducal Palace, Leonardo elaborated an unprecedented mechanical scenery with all the seven planets orbiting round and hosting the seven gods of Olympus. 
Francesca Bortoletti - Assistant Professor, Program in the History of Medicine - will explore models and heritage of Leonardo’s ingegno, which inaugurated a new genre of theatrical entertainment and engineering invention.


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